The South African Police Service apparently has dozens of officers trained in “spiritual policing” in order to investigate “occult-related crimes” and other various situations involving ghosts, goblins, witches and the like. I really wish I were making this up.
Being called on to investigate noises after dark is all part of a policeman’s lot, but some officers are specially trained to look into things that really do go bump in the night, according to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.
In a written parliamentary reply on Tuesday, Nhleko said there were 40 detectives within the SA Police Service who had “received additional training relating to occult-related crimes”.
These included activities, spiritual practises, or rituals “which draw on forces hidden from normal human senses, beyond the obvious physical realm” and which led to criminal activities that broke the country’s laws.
So if someone accused of a crime says the devil made them do it, the South African police apparently take that seriously. And my eyes just rolled to Cape Town and back.